- International Practice
- Real Estate and Projects
- Broker-Dealer and Market Regulation
- Financial Institutions
- Labor and Employment
- Securities Regulation
- Climate Change
- Financial Restructuring
- Strategic Communications
- Corporate and Securities
- Private Client Services
- Educational Institutions
- Intellectual Property
- Private Investment Funds
- Internal Investigations
- Public Finance
- White Collar Defense
- Environmental Strategies
- Conversational Spanish
Jason Hutt, head of the firm’s Environmental and Natural Resources practice, advises energy companies, manufacturers, project developers, investor groups and financial institutions about environmental risks and liabilities associated with incident response, regulatory compliance, project development, congressional and internal investigations and corporate transactions. He also assists in the defense of administrative, civil and criminal proceedings involving environmental enforcement agencies at the federal and state levels. Jason counsels clients on current and upcoming regulatory developments at the nexus of environmental and energy policy, with focused attention on shale gas development (including hydraulic fracturing).
Over the past year, Jason has been involved in several high profile environmental cases:
Lead environmental lawyer on the Bracewell team that represented Halliburton in the federal criminal investigation that arose from the Deepwater Horizon explosion. The team brought the matter to a very successful resolution for Halliburton – one that included no criminal charges related to the explosion, the oil spill, or the environmental impacts. [Media Coverage].
Led the Bracewell team that represented Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy, the nation’s second largest natural gas producer, in resolving alleged site construction violations under criminal and civil environmental laws at the federal and state levels. [Media Coverage].
Lead environmental lawyer on the Bracewell team that represented an electroplating manufacturer in a criminal investigation of potentially unpermitted discharges.
Currently defending an independent oil and gas company against the Department of Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue allegations of knowing or willful violations of FOGRMA relating to the payment of royalties.
Jason routinely is involved in identifying, evaluating and managing environmental risks and opportunities associated with corporate acquisitions, divestitures and financings, including environmental due diligence, purchase and sale agreement negotiation, and post-closing integration efforts. Within the energy sector, his representative experience includes transactions involving petroleum refineries, liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals, renewable energy projects (e.g., wind, biofuels and geothermal), natural gas processing plants, cogeneration facilities, oil and gas wells, pipelines, propane retailers and synfuel facilities.
Representative work in other sectors involves operations and industries such as chemical manufacturers, oil field services, independent tank terminal operators, glass manufacturing, textiles manufacturing, uranium mining, industrial cleaning operations, hazardous waste management facilities, paper and plastic manufacturing facilities, and medical equipment manufacturing facilities.
Publications and Speeches
“Environmental Issues in Energy Production: Overview of Federal Developments,” American Law Institute, Washington, D.C., February 5, 2015.
Co-author, “California's Next Frontier: Development of the Monterey Shale,” Oil & Gas Financial Journal, December 2, 2013.
"Fracking in Europe - EU Parliament Votes to Require Environmental Impact Assessments for Shale Gas Developments," Oil & Gas Financial Journal, October 2013.
Co-author, “Environmentally Speaking,” (Review of Shale Development), Energy and Mining Magazine, August 6, 2013.
Co-author, “New ITC Investigation Could Affect Supply of Oil and Gas Tubulars,” Oil & Gas Financial Journal, July 29, 2013.
Panelist, "Drilling & Fracking: Who Regulates?" The Federalist Society Podcast, July 12, 2012.
"Ohio's On Top of Underground Injection Control Activity," Environmental Law 360, July 24, 2012.
Panelist, “Unleashing Potential: Finding the Best Regulatory Environment to Boost Responsible Natural Gas Production,” National Journal LIVE/American Chemistry Council Policy Summit, Washington, D.C., March 20, 2012.
Co-author, “DOE’s Final Report on Shale Gas: Where Do We Go From Here?” Trends, ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Newsletter, January/February 2012.
Co-author, "Enforcement and Liability," Environmental Law Handbook, 19th ed., 2007, 21st ed. 2011, ABA/Government Institutes.
"Getting to 'Yes' On Shale Gas," Hart Energy E&P Magazine, August 1, 2011.
Co-author, "Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation: A Solution in Search of a Problem," NationalJournal.com, September 21, 2010.
"Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing," Energy Bar Association, September 2, 2010.
"Hydraulic Fracturing: Whistle While You Work," Texas Environmental Superconference, August 4, 2010.
"Legal Developments on Hydraulic Fracturing," E.Vironment Upstream Global Issues Forum, June 10, 2010.
Co-author, "Environmental Hurdles Threaten To Stymie US Shale Production," Oil & Gas Financial Journal, June 1, 2010.
"The Role of Natural Gas in Economic Growth and National Security," Natural Gas Nation Conference, March 25, 2010.
Co-author, "Congress May Consider Hydraulic Fracturing This Year: Boom in Shale Drilling for Natural Gas Brings to the Forefront Debate Over Environmental Risks," National Law Journal, February 8, 2010.
"TCEQ Releases Emissions Study for Barnett Shale - Added Regulatory Attention Expected," Environmental Law Update, January 29, 2010.
Co-author, "Hydraulic Fracturing, Water Use Issues Under Congressional, Public Scrutiny," Cover Story, Oil & Gas Journal, July 6, 2009.
Co-author, "Development of Energy Infrastructure: Will Taxpayers’ Money Stimulate Environmental Reform?," The Federal Lawyer, June 2009.
Co-author, "First Impressions of Sotomayor's Environmental Record," Law360, June 9, 2009.
Panelist, "Regulatory Environment of Developing New Sources of Energy," 2008 Presidential Initiative on Energy Issues, hosted by the National Association of Attorneys General, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, May 7, 2008.
Co-author, "Voluntary Cleanups After Aviall -- Balancing Remediation Exposure and Cost Recovery," EENR Pursuits, Federal Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, Spring 2005.
Co-author, "Environmental Disclosure: New Challenges for In-House Counsel" The Corporate Governance Advisor, May/June 2005.
Co-author, "Corporate Environmental Disclosures: Old Complaints, New Expectations," Business Law International, September 2004; 2005 Burton Award winner.
J.D., magna cum laude, Vermont Law School, 1998
B.A., Colgate University, 1995
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Member, Board of Trustees, Vermont Law School
American Bar Association, Energy and Environmental Law Sections
Vermont Law School Alumni Association, D.C. Chapter, Treasurer and Liaison to the National Alumni Board
Women's Council on Energy and the Environment
Thomson Reuters, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2013-2014
US Legal 500, Energy: Litigation, 2013; Environment: Litigation, 2013
Associate Articles Editor, The Vermont Law Review